A year of full moons for us-
- We got married 12-31-09 on a magnificent full moon
- I paddled the Molokai channel July 2010 on a full moon
- Tahiti honeymoon on a full moon
We spent a couple of days on Tahiti Nui with our friend, Alexy, who we met through my longtime roommate Kika. Alexy is a wonderful guy with two beautiful daughters and a talent for growing tomatoes (he works with the local growers to establish farming techniques for market production of fruits and vegetables). Alexy participates in couchsurfing.com. In exchange for a stay at his home, he likes the interesting conversations that come from meeting people with different cultural perspectives.
Alexy took us kayaking, hiking and showed us around . We had the very best poison cru (raw fish in coconut milk) ever at an outdoor bistro in Tahiti Iti, and we also got to try escargot at a very cute, French restaurant in Tahiti Nui.
Armed with a new set of Surftech boards (a Mikala T&C 6'2", a G.Pang 6'1", and a T. Carrol quad) I was ready for waves. I also brought a pair of Milkshake bodyboards (40" Lilly and a 39" Loly).
Our first trek in the water was to Teahupoo - we bodyboarded it alone and with a few other folks while it was small 2-3 feet and near dark. We went back in the morning to catch it about 3-4 feet, windier and a few more folks out, mostly bodyboarders! I could not believe how FRIENDLY everyone is in the lineup - shakas, handshakes, smiles, wow!
|Kanesa dropping in!|
We again stayed with Alexy and ran into boogie pros Beta and Jason Bitzer. Chopes was still really West and dominated by boogies in the lineup. The waves were now 4-6 and looking like closeout on every wave. I took one on the head that pretty much sent my heart rate through the roof and made me realize why this wave has such a reputation! Thor caught some good ones, but I'm still waiting to have my day at this size!
Then back to Moorea to finish our honeymoon for a few days! We cruised with our new friend mostly-left-Jeff and Brazilians Marta and Gustav. A couple of really nice days talking with some locals and being invited to eat fresh fish and the not-so-fresh traditional fafara (fermented fish!). Thank you Pieriech and family!
Ooooh I almost forgot... I didn't do email the whole time I was gone (except for writing to Ana Bella). Yippeee!
Can't wait for the return trip. We've made a pledge to honeymoon every year :). Gotta love being married! Mauruuru and Merci!